Shareholder meetings are not particularly exciting, but from time to time, some juicy details emerge during these long executive speeches. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Daimler’s annual meeting this month was unconventional as it was exclusively organized online. President Ola Källenius explained how the COVID-19 epidemic has wreaked havoc on car sales before moving on to more exciting news.
After providing preliminary details regarding the Mercedes S-Class W223 debut in September, Daimler’s CEO has changed the subject for the EQS. He reiterated that it will be a car developed from scratch as an EV rather than being an electrical conversion of the next generation S-Class. Like the concept presented in 2019, the production version will have a range of more than 700 kilometers thanks to batteries produced in-house at the Daimler factory in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim.
It should be noted that the range mentioned by Ola Källenius is based on the global harmonized test procedure for light vehicles (WLTP), which is much more realistic than the new European driving cycle (NEDC) which it replaced in September. 2018. That said, history has taught us the equivalent EPA rating will likely be a bit lower.
The Tesla Model S Long Range Plus is touted as the first true 400-mile electric vehicle on sale in the United States with an official autonomy of 402 miles (647 kilometers) evaluated by the EPA. It remains to be seen if the Mercedes EQS will be able to beat this. Currently, the longest-range Model S available in Europe has a WLTP certified rating of 379 miles (610 kilometers).
The aforementioned Tesla Model S will face an additional competitor as Jaguar develops the next generation XJ flagship as a zero emission vehicle. However, the latest information suggests that the British luxury sedan has been pushed back until the end of 2021. BMW has already confirmed that its next 7 series will spawn an EV variant, while Audi is planning an A9 E-Tron for release. in 2024.